I realize I’ve been scarce. And weird. More weird than usual. So an excuse explanation is eminent.
You know how I talked about wanting to get into better shape around the first part of every year since I started blogging 3 years ago? And then you don’t hear anything more from me on the subject?
It’s usually because I’ve fallen on my face and pretend I never talked about it in the first place, because avoidance? It is a gift.
Well. Out of desperation, Fiddledaddy and I went on the South Beach diet. Phase 1. For two of the longest weeks of my entire life.
I’m not kidding.
I wanted to die.
We did South Beach about 6 years ago, after I had Cailey. And we enjoyed great success with it. But honestly, I do not remember it being that hard. I think that’s because I didn’t have 3 children, wasn’t homeschooling, and I was, you know, younger.
But I knew something drastic had to happen because for the last few months, I couldn’t get control of the cravings. I would work out like a maniac, but then sit down and devour an entire bag of tortilla chips.
And call it carb loading.
And my sweet tooth? It ruled my entire being. Phase 1 of South Beach is about eliminating sugar and carbs, to get the cravings under control. And people, the detox? It wasn’t pretty.
Which has accounted for a good deal of my surly disposition lately. And for sport, I timed the whole thing perfectly so that I enjoyed a round of menstruation during the ordeal. Had cramps that would have crippled any ordinary man. AWESOME.
We thankfully finished Phase 1 last weekend, and I didn’t cheat once.
I just prayed for death to come swiftly.
After all was said and done, I lost 8 pounds in those 2 weeks. And the cravings? I’m happy to report that I walked through Sam’s Club today, and SAMPLED NOTHING! Not even the sheet cake. And I was okay with that.
Before the detox, I would have not only sampled the cake, but disguised my appearance so that I could wander by and sample it 7 or 34 more times.
The weight loss will slow down to about 2 pounds a week now, and I have about 10 pounds to go. I know how to low-carb meals, so I can thankfully go back to using e-Mealz meal planning (see left sidebar). I’ve missed it. Adding in more recipes to Phase 2 is essential to success.
Because I have a short attention span.
On Monday morning, I enjoyed my first complex carb in the form of a plate of Oatmeal Pancakes. My joy was obvious. And a happy mom, means a happy household. My children are happy to have Nice Mommy back.
I’ll keep you updated. Even if I’m face down on the linoleum.